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Kate Mawdsley art prints and posters

Kate Mawdsley was born in 1957 in Lancashire, where she spent her childhood. She now lives in a converted barn in East Anglia, with her husband, a successful graphic designer, and her two dogs.


Even in the nursery, Kate Mawdsley preferred to play with paper, pencils and paint rather than toys and she maintained her interest in art throughout her education, which culminated with her gaining a BA Hons. degree in Fashion and Textiles. She has recently undertaken a course at Cambridge University on the History of Modern Art, which has inspired many of her more recent collections.


After completing her degree, Kate Mawdsley spent the first ten years of her career in the fashion industry. In the early 1990s, she began gradually to move into more illustrative work to create greetings cards, kitchenware and general paper products. Since then, her repertoire and collection have expanded each year and Kate Mawdsley's work can now be seen on products ranging from mugs to cross-stitch, and from fabrics to tableware.


Also inspired particularly by pre-Raphaelite and Impressionist artists, Kate Mawdsley's work has concentrated specifically on animals, wild flowers and other representations of the natural world. Her own two dogs, a fox terrier and a cocker spaniel, often feature in her work, as does a friend's springer spaniel.


Working mainly in gouache or water-colour, Kate Mawdsley made her living initially as an illustrator and as a designer of fashion textiles, but she now concentrates mainly on her enormously successful design work.

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Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

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Measuring Up

After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.

Assembling Frames in the Framing Workshop

We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.

Hand-finishing in the Framing Workshop

Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.

The Last Stop

In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.

Mounting the Prints

The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.

Laying the Glass

Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.

The Final Product

After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.

Transferring to Canvas

For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.

Finishing the Canvas Edging

As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.